Agate Stone, A PROTECTIVE STONE
Agate is a protective stone with a powerful power to repel negative waves and harmful influences. This stone particularly protects pregnant women and comforts people in the event of separation. It promotes inner balance, increases self-confidence and leads to self-acceptance. This stone, used since ancient times, helps relieve many physical and mental ailments. It acts slowly, but effectively on the body, soothing certain ailments such as skin problems, glaucoma, incontinence, constipation and nervous disorders. It reduces stress, fears and tensions.
This variety of colors and patterns characterizes the multiple variations of agate healing stones. Agates can be blue, red, white, black, green, or multicolored. The agate family includes eye agates, colored agates, strip agates, and zebra agates. The healing stone is found in Brazil, India, United States, Mexico, Uruguay, and Germany. Agates stone are also important main or secondary stones for the signs of the zodiac Capricorn, Pisces, Taurus and Scorpio.
Agate in folk medicine and astrology
Traditionally, agate was worn as a lucky stone or for healing.
Agate is already described as a mystical stone in the Old Testament , where it symbolizes one of the twelve tribes of Israel in the breastplate (Hoshen) of the Jewish high priest .
The use of agate as a healing stone has been handed down, among others, by Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179) in her “Book of Stones”. According to her, the stone, applied externally after contact with poison from spiders and snakes, should heal the painful area and remove and pull the poison away. From the ” falling sickness ” ridden people, epileptics should constantly an agate wear on the skin to be spared from outbreaks. Special dietary regulations using agate to prepare the cooking water should even be able to cure these diseases (“unless God does not want it”). Carried openly through the house in the shape of a cross, the agate should protect it against thieves.
Among esotericists today, agate or its sub-varieties are also used as a healing stone for various ailments, such as eye agate and onyx against eye infections, carnelian against sore throats, varicose veins, sciatica and testicular diseases, as well as the agate itself against water blisters on the feet.
As a zodiac stone yellow agate is assigned to the zodiac sign Pisces, according to other sources the agate is generally assigned to the zodiac sign Virgo, Gemini or Scorpio.
As a monthly stone, it is said to have been assigned to the month of May by the ancient Romans and according to Isidore of Seville (around 560–636).
Where does the name Agate come from?
During Antiquity, this transparent colored mineral abounded in a long river in Sicily. Today this river bears the name of Dirillo, but its ancient Latin name was Achates or Akhatês in Greek. It was the philosopher Theophrastus who gave this name to the stone.
Agate is not to be confused with the first name Agathe, as they do not have the same origin. Agathe comes from the Greek adjective Aghatos which means brave and good.
Virtues and Healing Properties of Agate Stone
Particularly used in lithotherapy, Agate has many healing properties. Its energies help the body to relax to reduce muscle pain. Agate also helps to maintain good joints, especially for the knees.
For skin problems like acne or irritation, the gentleness of Agate helps alleviate these symptoms. Worn as a bracelet or necklace, the pearls are in direct contact with the skin. This allows the stone to act directly on skin concerns.
The vibrations of Agate promote good circulation of fluids in the body. Blood flow is more regular, and the body feels healthier. With Agate, breathing is also smoother. The whole body then feels relaxed and more at ease.
A protective stone for thousands of years, Agate drives out the negative influences around us. It is a powerful repellent to harmful and pessimistic people. By wearing it around the neck, it serves as a protective talisman.
Agate not only calms the body but also the mind. It acts as an anti-stress and allows us to release the pressure around us. It stabilizes anxiety and balances thoughts that can sometimes go all over the place. The anxieties gone, self-confidence takes place.
Placing an Agate stone near the bed helps ease sleep and ward off bad dreams. Restful sleep is essential for good health and feeling good. With Agate, falling asleep healthily just got easier.
What is the power of the Agate stone?
The third chakra, also called the solar plexus, is directly linked to the psychic. It focuses on the digestion of emotions and the balance of the other chakras. Placing a Yellow Agate under the navel activates it. This chakra nourishes the body with energy. If it malfunctions, negative emotions can appear. On the contrary, when this chakra balances, the body feels perfect mastery.
The frontal chakra, or third eye, is the center of consciousness. By activating this chakra, we promote intuition and facilitate decision-making. Blue Agate helps keep the third eye in balance. Consciousness then separates itself from prejudices and leaves room for certainty and tolerance.
Which stones to associate with Agate?
For their healing and protective properties, combining Agate and Amethyst enhances their benefits. This set is made particularly to relieve the pain of teething. There are very pretty necklaces for babies associating Agate, Amethyst and also Amber.
The color of a stone is what defines its energies. Stones with similar colors therefore have the same benefits for the body. The transparency of Labradorite is as soft as Agate. Wearing them together will then reinforce their soothing virtues. The mind is freed from stress and anxiety more easily.
How to clean and recharge the Agate Stone?
It is important to wash your stone well, because wearing it often can make it lose its shine. This washing also allows him to get rid of bad energies. Agate is a stone that cleans itself very gently. Water with a little washing up liquid will do it a lot of good. It does not need to be soaked in a water bath.
To take full advantage of the Agate energies, monthly recharging is necessary. This can be done by placing the Agate on a window sill during the day so that it can enjoy the sunlight. It can also be recharged thanks to a cluster of Quartz.
Colour Healing & Types of Agate
In addition to the generic healing properties of Agate, specific colours and types have additional attributes:
Chakra – Crown Chakra
Planet – Pluto
Element – Air, Fire
Origin – Botswana
Vibration – Number 3
Typical colours – purplish-grey
Botswana Agate is beneficial to smokers and those wanting to quit smoking. It helps you to look for solutions rather than dwelling on problems. Helps to explore unknown territory and your own creativity. Botswana Agate aids in seeing the bigger picture. Releases repression. It helps the body to assimilate oxygen. Aids depression.
Zodiac – Aries
Vibration – Number 2
Brazilian Agate brings about an emotional, physical and intellectual balance. It aids in centring and stabilising physical energy. Brazilian Agate harmonises yin and yang. It is a soothing and calming stone which works slowly but brings great strength. It can bring hidden information to light.
Bulls Eye Agate
Zodiac – Libra
Planet – Moon
Vibration – Number 7
Typical colours – black and white rings (or bands)
Bulls Eye Agate (also known as Orbicular Agate) has long been thought to ward off the evil-eye or curses. It helps the survival instinct, eliminating fear and helping to improve one’s chances for survival in dangerous situations. It stimulates the quality of grace in physical movements and actions. Bulls Eye Agate balances the chakras and stimulates an awareness and fulfilment of well-being. It treats disorders of the reproductive system. Aids in the treatment of growths and stimulates regenerative properties.
Chakra – Crown Chakra
Vibration – Number 9
White Agate is “The ultimate pregnancy stone”. It helps to protect mother and baby from harm, soothes labour pains, eases morning sickness, ensures a healthy milk flow for the baby.
History & origin of Agate stone
Agate appears very early in the history of civilizations. During Antiquity, the beautiful colors of this stone were used as ornaments for jewelry. The Greeks and Egyptians also made vases and sacred objects with Agate. A Greek legend has it that King Mithridates the Great owned more than 4,000 Agate vessels.
It is a stone rich in symbolism, very often associated with Gods and Goddesses. In Greek mythology, Agate is related to Gaia the goddess of Earth and Nature. She is the maternal ancestor of the divine races. The Celts associated the Agate stone with Ceridwen, goddess of death and fertility. She is the queen of witches in Anglo-Saxon mythology. The Romans linked Agate to Aurora, goddess of the dawn and mother of the winds.
Through all civilizations, Agate served as a protective stone. For example, the Persians burned the Agate stone to drive out storms. This made it possible in particular to protect the crops. The Romans used it more to heal people. They turned Agate into an elixir by powdering it, and Agate could heal snakebites.
Today, Agate is widely used in lithotherapy. But it remains an essential stone in jewelry for the softness of its touch and the beauty of its color. The current chemical industry also uses Agate to make mortars and grinding balls.
Agate is a stone that forms in volcanic regions. It was previously possible to find Agates all over the world, such as in Germany or Morocco. Today, the main deposits are found in southern Brazil and Quebec, specifically at Mont-Lyall.
Composition of the Agate Stone
From the Chalcedony family, the Agate stone is composed of silicon dioxide. It is a medium hard fine stone, as its hardness is between 6 and 7 Mohs. Its specific gravity is often 2.58 but can go up to 2.64. The bands sometimes visible on the stone come from a rhythmic crystallization.
Its natural color is transparent gray, with a beautiful softness. But it is easy to color this stone because it is very porous. In a chemical bath, Agate can take on the colors blue, pink or even yellow.
Varieties and modifications
In the course of time, due to the variety of training variants in color and shape, various proper names were coined for differentiation and classification, some of which are also used as trade names . Well-known variety names are among others
according to the color
Apricot agate: Pink to flesh-colored agate from Botswana
Blood agate or meat agate : single-colored orange to red or two-colored orange-white to red-white banded agate, see also carnelian
Onyx : black and white to brown and white ( Sardonyx )
Peace agate: white agate
Honey Agate : Honey Yellow Agate
according to the type
Construction agate or wood agate : “petrified” woods agate -mineralized by silica
Band agate : Term classified as unnecessary, since agate is already defined as a banded variety of chalcedony
Enhydros or water stone: agate almond with residual liquid, usually dries out soon after being removed from the bedrock
Fire agate : kidney-shaped or grape-shaped agate with embedded membranes made of iron oxide, which shows an opal-like play of colors when appropriately cut
Coral agate: It is named after the shape of the surface of the agate
Layered agate: agate with multi-colored, almost parallel stripes (not to be confused with the special Uruguay stripes), which are used as raw material for layer stones .
Moss agate or Dendritenachat : Clear to milky white agate with dendritähnlichen storages from green to black green minerals. If the basic color is brown to beige, it is also called mocha stone in the trade.
Pseudo agate (also polyhedral quartz or polygon agate ): Internally an agate due to the harness and the Druse but although similar in the center, has externally as opposed to Agate any almond or spherical shape, but a rectangular (polygonal) shape.
Rainbow agate (also iris agate ): Chalcedony / agate aggregate with twisted chalcedony fibers , which reflect the incident light in a rainbow-like iridescent way due to interference effects .
Tube agate : displacement morphosis of long prismatic crystals
Snake skin agate : light beige-colored aggregate with reticulated, white markings on the surface.
Scolecite agate : pseudomorphosis after scolecite
Rubble agate : agates broken by tectonics and cemented again by further mineral deposits.
Uruguay agate : Straight (horizontal) and parallel stripes
according to the incidentally created cross-section after opening agate almonds
Augenachat , glasses agate or circle agate : To a center concentrically or eccentrically located circles of agate bands which produce a spherical, eyes-like drawing in a sectional view.
Fortress agate: agate bands are similar to aerial photographs of fortress walls
Flame agate or cloud agate : irregular banding, especially on the edge of agate almonds, which have a cloud-shaped appearance when cut.
Landscape agate : A landscape- like cross-section in agate glands or almonds, creates black, reddish and / or yellow structures, which are mostly caused by penetrated, iron-containing solutions in hairline cracks.
Star agate : The irregularly shaped geodes are usually completely filled and often show a five-pointed shape when polished.
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